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of Charing Cross and Longacre
Formerly Holtzapffel and Deyerlein.
1827 The company became Holtzapffel and Co
1827 Advertisement. 'Holtzapffel and Co - 64 Charing Cross, beg to inform Mechanical Amateurs, Merchants, and the Trade, that they have now ready for inspection a variety of Turning Lathes, Rose Engines, Lapidary Machines, Portable Forges, Joiners arid other Work Benches, Tool Chests for Carpenters, Bookbinders, Turners, Watchmakers, and various others. Dressing Cases in great variety; Cutlery in all its branches, of the best steel, and warranted. Dealers in Ivory and Foreign Woods. - For Catalogues, with prices, apply to 64 Charing Cross. '
c1828 Joseph Whitworth joined the company for a short period
1835 John Jacob Holtzapffel died.
1836 William Muir joined the company for a short period
1848 Charles Holtzapffel died and the firm was then run by his wife Amelia for many years
1851 Lathe and Tool Makers employing 48 men and ? boys.
1851 Exhibited at the Great Exhibition - Holtzapffel and Co: 1851 Great Exhibition
1852 Lathe chucks 
1853 Apparatus for ornamental turning (Charles Holtzapffel and Co).
1853 On a new system of gauges.
1861 Employing 34 men and 2 boys.
1881 Lathe and Tool Maker employing 30 men and 2 boys.
1885 Gold medal for turning, carving, etc, in wood and ivory.
1909 Mirrorlaughs. 'Messrs. Holtzapffel and Co., 53, Haymarket, London, S.W., have just brought out an amusing game called "Mirrorlaughs." It is an innocent-looking apparatus consisting of a book of many blank pages with a flap containing a mirror. The glass is stood nearly at right angles to the book, and a loose flap held in the performer's left hand in such position that he cannot see the blank page except in the mirror. With his eyes fixed on the looking glass the intrepid artist proceeds to do his best to draw an envelope, starting from a marked spot the right hand corner, and forming first the square, and then the naps. The result in a great majority of instances is startling, even amazing, and well calculated to arouse intense amusement amongst the onlookers. In the spirit of what may be termed a refined sort of cruelty the "artist" is still further required sign his name while gazing the mirror, and here again unexpected developments are likely to occur. One can well imagine that this will prove a very popular game at Christmas time, for its apparent simplicity disarms suspicion, and only those who actually attempt the feat will be aware of what is likely to happen to them in looking: through a glass darkly.'
1915 Listed under Lathe and Tool Makers as 'Holtzapffel and Co, 53 Haymarket SW (late of 64 Charing Cross SW) and Eglon Mews, Berkeley Road, Regent's Park Road, NW. Also George William Holtzapffel at 83 King Henry's Road, Hampstead. 
1928 The company closed